Public Areas

Public Areas

Public areas are large surface buildings that are designed to host governments, public administration, large activities and commercial centers. Transportation hubs and airports also fall into this category.

In recent years, the concentration of retail activity in malls rather than in individual small stops has been rapidly increasing. Those large public spaces not only require circulation to make the commute of visitors more fluid and easy, but they also require utilities around those spaces, which are even more important. Parking lots, food courts, stadiums, leisure and entertainment areas, digital connectivity and overall safety are elements that need to be designed with a lot of precision and care.

Therefore, the choice of materials used for these buildings needs to be of the highest quality, with proven sustainability and long-term durability.


In public areas, where air conditions are working non-stop, glass selection is essential to control thermal insulation. SGG Planitherm range will make you pay less electricity bills. For common areas like cladding beside elevators or designing the interior shops with a modern look or bathrooms, cladding SGG Planilaque with its range of 26 colors will suit your interior design. Saint-Gobain mirrors SGG Miralite ensure the best quality in your fitting rooms.



Exposed pipe systems can be subjected to solar radiation, heat or even moisture. Saint-Gobain PAM cast iron pipes are not sensitive to climatic or thermal stresses. Unlike plastics, cast iron’s mechanical properties make it non-sensitive to photochemical ageing, not altering its appearance, performance or physical properties. The mechanical properties of PAM cast iron pipes are stable and the performance of our pipe systems will not deteriorate over time thus ensuring long term serviceability. While solids normally expand with a rise in temperature, cast iron’s thermal expansion coefficient is very low (0, 01 mm/m/°C), coming very close to those of steel or concrete and 7 to 20 times less than most plastic materials. Saint-Gobain PAM cast iron pipe systems and the building elements move and expand together. No costly expansion joints are required and, therefore, compared to plastic solutions, it eases design and protects against faulty installation. Cast iron surfaces can be painted to match the color or style of your building, integrating these systems to the façades.




Public areas are environments where comfort and protection are crucial to the individual. Moreover, making facilities more efficient and less costly are key drivers for building owners. Most of these indicators are carefully considered while designing, producing, and selecting the most appropriate solutions for the various applications.

Physical comfort is critical to work effectiveness, satisfaction, as well as physical and psychological well-being. During the facility design and development process, to ensure comfortable environments, building projects must have a comprehensive, integrated perspective that seeks to:

• Provide a superior acoustic environment

• Maintain optimal thermal comfort

• Ensure individual safety

Uncomfortable conditions in buildings and spaces – being too hot, too cold, or too noisy – restrict the ability of workers to function at full capacity. This can lead to lowered job satisfaction and increases the possibility of illness. However, Mineral Wool Insulation serves as an indisputably vital solution to address this issue. A large variety of such solutions has been carefully developed by KIMMCO-ISOVER to cover most of the existing applications.






We create low maintenance public interiors that are safer, more hardwearing and look crisp and clean for longer. Gyproc fire resistant linings  slow fire spread and make evacuation safer, acoustic partitions and ceilings cushion internal noise and impact resistant boards, like Gyproc DuraLine, provide the highest level of protection from daily knocks and scrapes.




The sound level in public areas can often be very loud since these are places where many people meet. A loud conversation, a phone ringing, traffic noises from outside, music, machines, etc. Our human brains receive too much information and noise at the same time and this causes high level of stress. This doesn’t have to be like that. Ecophon acoustic solutions are specially designed for demanding conditions where the acoustics are really challenging. Our expertise in sound absorption makes us probably the best alternative on the market for good room acoustics.





Decorative outdoor flooring system such as Weber stamped concrete are particularly suitable for outdoor public areas. This system is ultraviolet resistant, easy to install and heavy duty due to its high abrasion resistance. Road emergency repairs has because easier with the fast-setting high early strength bedding mortar weberep 314 RD. webertec MC1 green and durable micro-concrete is a ready-to-use solution for casting of foundations for street fixtures.


Webertherm MW ETICS system is particularly recommended to improve thermal comfort and energy saving in public areas such as malls, cinemas and transport stations. Associated with large palette of external colors and textures, it helps to reduce more than 50% of energy consumption.




The Architect looked beyond traditional sun-control strategies. They looked at different types of glass and tint options, but permanently tinted glass would be a disadvantage at night, when they wanted the atrium to be a bright, distinctive beacon. At full transparency, SageGlass looks like a regular curtain wall or skylight, giving the prestigious library a nice, clean exterior look. SageGlass changes its tint discreetly, without distracting the staff and the visitors to the library. Even at its darkest tint level, SageGlass preserves a connection to the Business Bay creek, but without the negative effects of the sun. SageGlass will dramatically reduce the energy demand and need for HVAC in the library by blocking the solar heat. Once completed, it will be one of the largest installations of SageGlass.



Transportation needs are increasing all over the world — in developed regions seeking to grow their economies. The improvement of public transport performance requires comprehensive planning, where safety and security are two of the important aspects. Vetrotech glazing systems are installed in busy transportation facilities to achieve the safety and security of the people. In addition to safety and security of human life, our product contributes towards human comfort by achieving high sound insulation and emission security. The public’s need for gathering place is evident, now more than ever. Safety and security comes first in public areas like theatres, museums, etc. A good example of Multifunctionality capabilities of Vetrotech Saint-Gobain is our installation in Dubai Opera where we combined our expertise to compliment the dreams of the Architect and bring them to reality. The moment you step into Opera building, the extraordinary ceramic frit pattern design on the fire rated glazing in the entrance corridor catches your attention.

Fire Rating: 1 to 2 hours of fire protection for external aero bridges, internal partitions and load bearing skylights as per UAE Civil Defense requirement and tested as per EN, BS and the NFPA standards


Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Sheerfill® Architectural Membranes – enable the construction of tensioned membrane shading structures with a stunning architectural profile. Depending on the specific grade, it brings the open, airy feeling with its ability to reflect almost all the energy from the sunlight or transmit natural daylight during the day time while backlit luminosity at night time creates a unique and dramatic architectural signature.

In contrast to traditional roofing membrane materials that would require frequent replacement, Sheerfill® tensile membrane structures provide up to 25 years or more of reliable service even under harsh Middle-East weather conditions.




Solar Gard helps protect your public spaces and most importantly your company image with our comprehensive suite of anti-vandalism films. Our films protect a variety of exposed surfaces from damage and reduce repair time down considerably, so you can keep operations moving and your reputation intact.

Mirror Shield films restore mirror surfaces and protect from future graffiti and vandalism Metal Shield films restore stainless steel / metal surfaces and protect from future graffiti and vandalism. Graffitigard films keep glass looking new. They are undetectable optically clear polyester film that protects windows from various forms of graffiti and vandalism including scratching and etching. Armorcoat protects people and property from flying glass shards due to rock throwing or even explosions in care of terror attacks. Peak load reduction: One of the biggest challenges in building management today is balancing peak energy usage with climate control and interior comfort. Solar Gard window films reject up to 79% of solar energy to regulate heat absorption and cut air conditioning and cooling costs.

PRODUCTS: Armorcoat, MetalShield, MirrorShield, Graffitigard




The ADFORS Novelio® range of glass fibre wallcoverings is a solution for every interior. Along with its aesthetic appeal, it makes every interior design durable and cosy. Whether a public space needs renovation, reconstruction, or an up-lift in design, our timeless and exquisite solutions come in a wide variety to suit every taste and meet every need.

ADFORS FibaTape® provides solutions for cracks on walls, plaster boards used in a restaurant or shop, moist environments in interiors. It offers a full line of products for wall finishing, each ensuring strength, flexibility, easy installation and considerable cost-saving. The full line of wall-finishing tapes includes both the ADFORS FibaTape® self-adhesive fiberglass mesh tapes as well as the innovative ADFORS FibaFuse® paperless drywall tapes that are loved by DIYers and professional contractors alike.

FibaTape® fiberglass mesh tapes have been created to work with specific needs: Cement board tape for cement board, Perfect Finish for butt joints, Mold-X10 for mold-resistant applications, etc.. These solutions are designed to be easier, faster, and stronger while also delivering excellent value and performance. The revolutionary FibaFuse® paperless drywall tape made out of a glass mat technology is designed for professional renovators and remodelers. FibaFuse® is an ideal alternative to paper tape being that it is stronger, lighter, easy to use, and also mold-resistant.

Glass fibre mesh fabrics and grids are something your restaurant or shop requires for better reinforcement. For interior or exterior, wall or floor fortification, ADFORS Vertex® always provides a solution. Moreover, they are easily applicable and durable, with a smooth finish for all walls and floors.

Saint-Gobain ADFORS is the leading manufacturer of standard and specialty insect screens and accessories for windows, doors, patios, and more. Easy to install, ADFORS screen comes in a variety of widths and lengths and serves a variety of functions to fit one’s lifestyle needs. From Extra Strength screen for high traffic areas, to Small Insect screen for added protection from tiny insects like no-see-ums and gnats, ADFORS screen has a solution to fit any need




Ensuring safety and high productivity of working conditions during construction is of great importance. Norton Clipper products are OSA safety certified, which makes work during construction very safe. New and innovative products like the Clipper Silencio cutting blades come at noise inhibitor of 30x lower than traditional cutting blades used during the construction of concrete and masonry blocks.

The Norton Spitfire range of Cutting, Grinding & Finishing products is not just economically efficient, but also one of the very few products in the market which is OSA certified to ensure safety.

For 80 years, the Clipper brand has been a trusted equipment source on the jobsite. And for over 130 years, the Norton brand has been a leader of product innovations in cutting and grinding applications. Now, the Norton Clipper brand will cut a new path for future growth, with an industry-leading product line of diamond, abrasives, and light equipment for the concrete and construction rental market with the relentless performance you’ve come to expect.